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Ariel Shonk
Player Profile:
Ariel Shonk 916368
Position: Defensive Specialist/Libero/Capt.
Height: 5'9"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
High School: Riverwood International Charter
Major: Marketing & Op. Management
Experience: 4 Letters

Earned four letters during her four-year career • ended her career with 1,932 career digs, second most in school history • posted seven of the highest 19 dig matches in UD history • also recorded 215 assists and 73 aces.

Earned her second UD Alumni Association Team MVP award • named third team All-CAA • led the conference and ranked 19th in Division I with 5.23 digs per set • posted 591 digs during the year, 11th most in a UD single season • reached double figure digs in all but one match • appeared in all 113 sets • made a season-high 38 digs in the five-set win over Towson on Oct. 21 • had 36 digs vs. Jacksonville, and 31 vs. Northern Colorado and Towson • tied her career-high with four service aces against Southern Illinois, Penn and Loyola (Md.) • served as team captain • named to UCF Invitational All-Tournament Team • selected CAA Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 21 and Corvias ECAC Libero of the Week two days later • named to National College Athlete Honor Society.

2014 SEASON (
Appeared in 19 matches while making three starts (missed the first 12 matches with a back injury) • ranked sixth on the team with 109 digs • posted a season-high 13 digs during the five-set match against College of Charleston on Oct. 31 • notched 11 digs during the win at Elon on Oct. 18 • added 10 digs in consecutive home matches vs. Elon and UNCW on Nov. 14-15 • contributed nine assists and eight services aces on the year.

Named third team All-Colonial Athletic Association for the second consecutive year • selected UD Alumni Association Team MVP • one of four players to appear in all 111 sets for the Blue Hens • ranked second in the conference, 11th in Division I and third in UD single season history with 5.52 digs per set • her 613 digs are 10th most in a Blue Hen single season • reached double figures in digs during all but two matches on the year • posted eight 30-dig matches during the season • recorded a season-high 38 digs at William & Mary on Oct. 11, tied for the ninth most in a UD single season • added 37 digs vs. Furman on Sept. 14 and James Madison on Oct. 25 • had 36 digs in the five-set win over Rutgers on Sept. 13 • named Delaware Invitational MVP • selected to Pepperdine Asics Classic, Loyola Greyhound Challenge and Clemson Classic All-Tournament Teams • tabbed CAA Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 9, Sept. 16 and Oct. 14 • picked UD National 5&10 Athlete of the Week on Sept. 16 • named to CAA Academic Honor Roll.

Named third team All-CAA and CAA Defensive Specialist of the Year during her outstanding freshman season • also selected to the CAA All-Rookie Team • led the CAA with 5.68 digs per set, the second highest average in a UD single season • her 5.68 digs ranked 14th in Division I and second among the nation’s freshmen • recorded 619 digs on the year, the eighth highest total in a Blue Hen single season • posted a season-high 40 digs against Penn on Sept. 19, tied for sixth most on the UD single match list • reached double figure digs in all but two matches, including each of the final 26 contests • made at least 30 digs in five matches • had 37 digs during a five-set win at George Mason on Oct. 13 and 33 during a five-set triumph over Hofstra on Oct. 20 • ranked second on the team with 23 service aces • picked to Delaware Invitational All-Tournament Team • selected CAA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 1 and Oct. 22, and CAA Rookie of the Week on Oct. 8 • named to CAA Academic Honor Roll.

Four-year varsity starter at Riverwood International Charter School for head coach Leigh Hudson • led team to great success in state championships, advancing to the Final Four her senior year in 2011, to the Elite Eight in 2009, and to the Sweet 16 in 2008 and 2010 • All-State pick as a senior when she was named area Player of the Year • team Most Valuable Player as a senior • first team Defensive Dandy • set school record for digs with over 1,000 • played in local senior All-Star game • National Honor Society • Beta Club • secretary of STAND (Students Teaching Academics Next Door) • A5 Volleyball Club qualified for Open Level nationals in 2011 and finished 11th in nation.

Ariel Hope Shonk • born July 25, 1993 • daughter of David and Susan Shonk • has an older brother, Bronson • marketing and operation management major at Delaware • father works in real estate and graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology and Georgia Tech, and mother graduated from Arizona and Boston University • grandfather played tennis, squash, and hockey at Williams (Mass.) College • served as a marketing and events intern with Philadelphia Magazine over the summer • visited a hostel her family built in Jaco, Costa Rica named Room2Board.

Kills: 1, three times, last vs. Northeastern, 10/18/15
Assists: 8 at George Mason, 10/13/12
Aces: 4, four times, last vs. Loyola (Md.), 9/18/15
Digs: 40 vs. Penn, 9/19/12


Year Sets K E TA Pct. Asst. SA Digs BS BA TB
 2012 109 1 4
14 -.214
56 23 619 0 0 0
2013 111 1 4 17 -.176 78 17 613 0 0 0
2014 62 0 0 5 .000 9 8 109 0 0 0
2015 113 1 1 22 .000 72 25 591 0 0 0
 TOTALS 395 3 9
58 -.103 215 73 1932 0 0 0

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